Before Friends: Courteney Cox Stars in Misfits of Science

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As the chairman and CEO of Broadcast 3DTV, Dean Zanetos oversees the company’s production of a glasses-free 3D viewing experience and a 3D lens adapter for smartphones. Prior to joining the company, Dean Zanetos produced numerous TV movies and series, including a pilot for the Misfits of Science, which debuted on NBC in 1985.

The fantasy series, which lasted just one season, featured a group of humans with super powers who worked for a scientific research facility known as the Humanidyne Institute. One of the characters, a troubled teenager with telekinetic powers named Gloria Dinallo, was played by Courteney Cox, who was 21 years old at the time. Cox had appeared in episodes of The Love Boat, As the World Turns, and Murder She Wrote, but Misfits of Science was her first co-starring role on a television series.

Though the series was short-lived, she later earned a recurring role on Family Ties, made a guest appearance on Seinfeld, and by 1994 was cast as Monica Geller in Friends, a popular NBC series that lasted 10 seasons.

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The Legend of the Golden Gun – A 1970s Western With Civil War Focus

 

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Based in Southern California, Dean Zanetos is a respected screenwriter, director, and producer who has worked on such programs as Battlestar Galactica and Misfits of Science. Dean Zanetos also assisted in the production of The Legend of the Golden Gun, a well-received 1979 Western that was made for television and starred Dragnet lead Jeffrey Osterhage.

Set in the Civil War, the plot of the movie revolves around John Golden being nearly killed by a notorious outlaw on the Confederate side. Left for dead, he is found by Joshua Brown, a runaway slave who quotes the Bible and helps him return to health. Desiring revenge, John Golden comes under the tutelage of a legendary gunslinger and learns how to handle his chosen weapon in critical situations.

Following its release, the movie was characterized as similar to the blockbuster Star Wars in its good versus evil and mentorship themes. The film is unique in incorporating General Custer as a character as well and in exploring historical incidents of the American West.

Cliff Hangers – Attempting to Bring Back TV Movie Serials

Accomplished film and television producer and director Dean Zanetos of Burbank, California, started working in the industry more than three decades ago. Dean Zanetos, who is today chairman of Broadcast 3TV, Inc., and a producer-director with New Show Media, Inc., earlier in his career worked on the NBC drama series Cliffhangers, which attempted to bring back movie serials in a made-for-TV model.

Cliffhangers premiered on NBC in February 1979. The hour-long program consisted of 20-minute chapters of three story lines that continued week to week. The story lines included Stop Susan Williams, a murder mystery starring Susan Anton as a journalist investigating the death of her brother, and The Secret Empire, which followed a U.S. marshal (played by Geoffrey Scott) who comes across an extraterrestrial city in the Old West. The last story, The Curse of Dracula, starred Michael Nouri as Count Dracula posing as a college teacher in San Francisco.

Each segment of Cliffhangers ended with a shocking cliffhanger (giving the show its name) and was picked up at that point the following week. Critics praised the originality of the Cliffhangers programs; however, the show aired on Tuesdays opposite the most popular sitcoms on television at the time. Cliffhangers was cancelled after 10 weeks.

The Origins and History of the Clinger Sisters

Dean Zanetos is a television and feature film producer who has additional experience as a screenwriter and director. He is currently chairman of Broadcast 3DTV, Inc., in Burbank, California. Recently, Dean Zanetos produced the 2013 documentary The Clinger Sisters – The First Girls of Rock and Roll.

Noted for their transformation from a sister act performing pop and country tunes on network television programs such Andy Williams, to an underground rock and roll group, and finally to a Christian family band, the Clinger Sisters (or The Clingers, as they are affectionately known) are comprised of sisters Peggy, Patsy, Debra, and Leesa. Growing up in a highly musical household, each sister is said to have sung before taking their first steps, and as early as grade school they had begun performing together. It was at this young age that the sisters made their first of many Andy Williams appearances, a gig that led to the girls recording an album with Danny Kaye.

By 1969, however, the sisters desired a change of appearance and sound. It was around this time that the sisters began referring to themselves as simply The Clingers and taking on a punk-influenced, garage band persona. Their cover of Vanda and Young Easybeat’s “Gonna Have a Good Time” did not receive much airplay, however, and the group resumed backing acts such as Williams, Bill Cosby, and Tom Jones. Shortly after that, the girls disbanded, but in the 1990s the group resumed performing, this time with a Christian influence. Their latest record is The Fountain.